Goalkeeping Skills and Drills by Kathleen Partridge is the ultimate field hockey goalkeeping coaching manual. Coaches and players alike will benefit from this superbly illustrated, comprehensive and easy to read guide to excelling in the position of goalkeeper.
Comprising 220 specific drills this text from an Olympic Gold Medallist and world class goalkeeping coach is packed with information to improve your game or coaching technique.
Read what Ric Charlesworth had to say about the text and its author:
Seldom does a team win a major competition without quality goalkeeping...it is critical to team success. Kathleen Partridge knows what goalkeeping is all about. An Olympic Gold Medallist (Seoul 1988) and Hockeyroo's Goalkeeping Coach (Atlanta and Sydney Olympics Gold Medals), Kathleen always made sure our goalkeepers were meticulously prepared for competition.
Not only does she understand goalkeeping at the elite level but as a trained educator she knows how to teach goalkeeping at every stage. Accordingly, Kathleen has detailed the essential field hockey goalkeeping skills to help coaches and goalkeepers develop their expertise and knowledge in this vital and unique position. This coaching manual presents over 220 drills and caters for beginners through to the more advanced.
If you are a goalkeeper or if you coach goalkeepers, you should purchase this ultimate coaching manual - you won't be disappointed.
Table of contents
Below is the full listing of the table of contents from the book:
- CHAPTER 1 - POSITIONING AND THE ATTACKING STANCE
- CHAPTER 2 - THE DOUBLE LEG STOP
- CHAPTER 3 - THE INSTEP JAB KICK
- CHAPTER 4 - THE CROSSOVER INSTEP JAB KICK
- CHAPTER 5 - THE TOE KICK
- CHAPTER 6 - THE PAD KICK
- CHAPTER 7 - THE LUNGE
- CHAPTER 8 - THE SPLITS
- CHAPTER 9 - AERIAL SAVES
- CHAPTER 10 - THE SLIDE
- CHAPTER 11 - ONE ON ONE PLAY
- CHAPTER 12 - TWO ON ONE WITH THE GOALKEEPER
- CHAPTER 13 - REBOUNDS
- CHAPTER 14 - DEFLECTIONS
- CHAPTER 15 - THE PENALTY STROKE
- CHAPTER 16 - THE PENALTY CORNER
- CHAPTER 17 - THE GOALKEEPER'S WARMUP
- CHAPTER 18 - PAD WORK
The author's foreward
Below is the complete text of the authors forward taken straight from the text book:
This goalkeeping coaching manual has taken a few years to come together. Many of the drills have been developed over a period of time and the good news is, there are many more that I have to share; who knows, perhaps another text is around the corner. I have really loved my time coaching goalkeepers and working with other coaches who are passionate about helping these brave, special people.
This manual provides essential goalkeeping skills and specific drills to improve performance. Many of the drills do not specify how many balls or repetitions need to be completed. As goalkeeping coach you will need to assess and monitor your goalkeepers skill level and physical capacity and moderate the drills so as to challenge but not exhaust or injure. This may mean that four or six balls are used in each drill, or it may mean ten or twelve balls are used and two or three repetitions are completed. When a young or beginning goalkeeper is learning how to be a goalkeeper, there is a greater need for repetition and extended practice. As the goalkeeper develops her skills and fitness the number of balls faced often decreases with greater focus and emphasis on the quality of the save not quantity of shots. At an elite level and certainly when I was coaching the Australian goalkeepers, some drills comprised no more than four or five balls (two repetitions) ensuring the goalkeeper worked in game scenarios. Most drills, however, comprised six, seven or eight balls (two or three repetitions).
I hope you enjoy reading this text and I hope it helps you develop your knowledge about the unique position of goalkeeper. It's a great position to play and to coach.
My sincere thanks to former Hockeyroos goalkeeper and Olympic Gold Medallist, Rachel Imison OAM, who is pictured throughout this coaching manual and to Alan Wetherly, who has patiently worked with my diagrams and notes to produce the 220 drills detailed here in this book.
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